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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Bill Graham (1931-1991) was an impresario like no other.  Graham was the genius behind the legendary Fillmore, the venue that still operates at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Graham's work as a concert promoter at The Fillmore was pivotal in…
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Dining, SFoodie Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

To earn the title of legend in the booze business, you need carry some serious credentials to the table. Enter Sausalito native, Bobby Lozoff. A Bay Area bartender with some 50 years of experience behind the stick, the man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Laura Joplin Remembers Her Sister Janis

Laura Joplin Remembers Her Sister Janis

To the world, Janis Joplin was a live-fast, die-young rockstar with a voice that made Mama Cass say, "Wow." But to Laura Joplin, she was simply her "idolized big sister." SF Weekly spoke to Laura Joplin about director Amy Berg's…
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Music, All Shook Down Last of the Psychedelic Pioneers: Guitarist Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company Dies at 73

Last of the Psychedelic Pioneers: Guitarist Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company Dies at 73

The first time I heard “Summertime,” it wasn’t Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s version from Porgy and Bess. It was on an 8-track tape of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills that I’d dug out of a…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F. House Where Janis Joplin Hung Out Now Goes For $1.3 Million, Does Not Include Mercedes-Benz

S.F. House Where Janis Joplin Hung Out Now Goes For $1.3 Million, Does Not Include Mercedes-Benz

In the San Francisco of the '60s, you could walk around naked, eat for free, sleep for free, get drugs for free, and have sex with whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted, all while totally bombed on drugs you didn't…
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Music, Hear This Enslaved: Show Preview

Enslaved: Show Preview

As a landmark in black metal's blasted wasteland, Enslaved stands out for its willingness to brave such non-kvlt musical outings as prog, clean singing, and castanets. The band's Winter Rite tour churns into town with no less than funeral-doom darlings…
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Music, All Shook Down The Bob Marley Parasite and Other Weird Crap Named After Musicians

The Bob Marley Parasite and Other Weird Crap Named After Musicians

If you've walked along upper Haight recently, you'll have no doubt noticed the series of tributes to much loved musical heroes who are no longer with us, lovingly arranged around single trees. Amy Winehouse recently joined Jimi Hendrix and Janis…
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Calendar, Night&Day Goodness Gracious

Goodness Gracious

It takes a lot of balls to light your tits on fire. Angel Cecelia Helene Walker, better known as Satan’s Angel, has done it approximately 25,000 times over the last 40 years. Born in San Francisco to a devout Catholic…
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Music, She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

Film producer Peter Newman, whose résumé includes The Squid and the Whale and a 1996 Dennis Hopper movie called Space Truckers, once told Variety that one of the biggest problems in producing Penelope Spheeris' postponed Janis Joplin biopic was finding…
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Music, Bouncer

Dive Bar Time Bandits

In case you didn't know, it is possible to travel into the future. All you need are twin babies and a vessel that can go faster than the speed of light (easy-peasy!). You shoot one of the kids into space…
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Music, Hear This Sunday Morning Fever

Sunday Morning Fever

Sharon Jones is the queen of funk, the godmother of soul, the preacherwoman of sweat-steeped gospel. Hailing from Georgia via Brooklyn, the vocalist gives contemporary R&B the double shot in the arm of full-body rhythm and no-foolin' power-blues it's been…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The iconically maudlin tune "Get Together" provides both the title of this comp and its bookending tracks. The first instance of the song is Dino Valenti's sweetly naive 1963 original, and the Youngbloods' well-known cover closes the four-disc set. Take…
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Tough Love

Janis Joplin's life has been a tug of war ever since it ended in 1970. The singer's fans have many opinions about who she "really" was. A new musical, Love, Janis, is based on a book written by her sister…
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Music, Reviewed Get Hustle

Get Hustle

Get Hustle is a darkly discordant Portland-based outfit that has put out a variety of recordings with various lineups in its nine years. On its second full-length, Rollin', the band opts for a guitar-free drums/keyboard/vocals format. The result is somewhat…
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Music, Reviewed Linda Perry

Linda Perry

In Flight, Linda Perry's first solo album, released in the wake of the massive success of her erstwhile band 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up?," was politely overlooked when it came out in 1995, and it's unlikely to fare much better…
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Music, Reviewed Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

In 1970, things were beginning to look good for Janis Joplin. She'd finally obtained the quality backing band she'd needed all along, Full Tilt Boogie; a sympathetic producer in Paul A. Rothchild; and the right mix of rock, blues, and…
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A Star Isn't Born. Still.

So we called in sick to our Saturday day job from hell last week, spent gas and bridge-toll money, and trekked back down to Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard to continue our musical quest to find health insurance -- again. The…
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Film, Party Train

Party Train

Oh, Janis. Oh, gorgeous, outrageous, soul-ripping, rockin' bluesy mama Janis Joplin. She's a volcano. She's a tsunami. She's a fearless, reckless, raging American beauty. Watch her tear open her chest to reveal her hot, pulsing wounds. Watch her rage with…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Twang Thang

It's a Twang Thang

The long, hot summer of 1972 was a schizophrenic time to flip on the radio, with bombast rock from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin battling for pop supremacy with cheesy acts like the Partridge Family and the Osmonds. Into…
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Get It While You Can

The new collection Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep is merely the latest in a series of outrages foisted upon a gullible public by the House of Blues, a nightclub chain and music label that seems to think we…
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